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Lynn Boylan addresses European Parliament and calls for release of Dublin born teenager

15 September, 2014 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Speaking from the floor of the European Parliament in Strasbourg tonight, Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Lynn Boylan once again called for the release of 18 year old Ibrahim Halawa, the Dublin born youngster detained for over a year without charge in an Egyptian Prison.

Both Amnesty and human rights organisation Reprieve have investigated Ibrahim's case and have found no justification for his continued incarceration.  In August, Ibrahim was brought before Judge Mahmoud Kamel El-Rashidi along with 500 other defendants in one of the now notorious Egyptian mass trials. The Judge refused to hear the case and walked out citing 'unease' at the proceedings.

Ibrahim has now been separated from his family for over a year and the A- student has been prevented from continuing his studies with his friends back in Dublin.

In July Ms Boylan secured 27 MEP signatures calling for the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton to explicitly request Ibrahim's release and she now intends to request a meeting with the new High Representative Designate, Frederica Mogherini. 

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